Former Sailor signs

July 23, 2005

Newport Harbor High product Dartangan Johnson will transfer to

Missouri Southern State University to continue his collegiate

football career with the Lions.

Johnson spent the past two seasons as a running back for Santa Ana

College, where he rushed for 2,040 yards and 17 touchdowns in his two

years with the team. He lead the Mission Conference with 1,302

rushing yards as a sophomore, en route to all-conference, first-team


all-state and third-team All-America status.

He was ranked the No. 1 junior college running back for the 2005

recruiting classes by both and

Johnson set the all-time Sailor rushing record, gaining 3,397

yards on the ground during his three letterman seasons.

In 2004, Missouri Southern set more than 30 school offensive

records and became the first offense in Mid-America Intercollegiate

Athletics Association regular season history with a 3,000-yard

passer, a 1,000-yard rusher and a 1,000-yard receiver. The Lions

finished 5-6 in 2004.

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